On What He’s Speaking to Me Right Now

On What He’s Speaking to Me Right Now

You’re reading a God–Sized Dreams post. Each Tuesday, a team of God-sized dreamers writes on the progress of their dreams, spurred by the wisdom in Holley Gerth’s new book, You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You. For all my posts in this series, please click here

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This week’s assignment: “Sometimes we feel alone not because we need to be with others but because God wants to be with us. Our lives are busy–especially when we’re pursuing a dream–and God may want to pull us aside for a bit” {You’re Made for a God-sized Dream, Chapter Six}. The most important part of any God-sized dream is the Giver of it. Set aside a particular time this week to be with Him–to pray, journal, take a walk or simply sit quietly and listen. Write a post sharing what your heart hears or receives….”

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I’ve been feeling a lot like this lately:

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We got to see these guys live in concert on Friday night: my two oldest girls and me, with some amazing friends.

It’s not something we do often…or, well, ever. But, for Anna’s 11th birthday, we scraped up some cash to go see our favorite band.

They were playing only 20 minutes from our home.

In a church.

Acoustic.

It’s been ages since I’ve been to a concert, maybe a decade.

I expected stress and chaos in arriving, standing in line, finding our seats…

I expected singing loud to our favorite songs…

I expected the satisfaction and appreciation of witnessing people do what they do well…

What I got was–

Worship.

Did you watch the video?

Did you see lead singer Mark Hall in that song?

Worship.

What I got on Friday was an intimate look at a group of beautiful people.

A smaller setting, commentary on the band’s history, background on the songs.

Their hearts.

A peek into the lives of youth leaders who wrote some songs for teens, whom God propelled into the world for His glory.

Beautiful people who minister to the youth during the week and to the world on the weekends.

And they drew us into worship.

They were not performing for accolades, but for evangelization.

As I meditated on the lyrics lighting up the screen,

Basked in the background music from orchestra,

Witnessed seven musicians humbled to point us all to Him,

I realized a few things.

This is what it’s all about.

Whether or not my kids finish their math books this school year…

My persistent worry that I’m not doing enough for them…

My anxiety over getting everything just right…

It doesn’t matter.

Moments like this one, belting out words like, “I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of Truth!”

Notes all swelling throughout the room as the Spirit moves and so do hearts…

These moments of seeing God and pointing others to Him…

That is what matters.

He will direct the rest.

It was being overwhelmed by the profound…when tears threatened to spill because–

This, right now, is true, good, and beautiful.

Right now, God is here.

And though there are no answers for countless questions and struggles,

His presence changes everything.

That’s something in which I can rest.

How have your experienced God’s presence recently?

What has He been speaking to you?

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*Thank you to Allison Hunt for the photos.

Comments

  1. O, I <3! What a gift for you and the girls this night truly was. I love that it was an accoustic/story telling night. They have such a beautiful witness through their music/lives. Hugs!

  2. You expressed so beautifully what we all witnessed Friday! The stories were incredible…and I had forgotten how PHENOMENAL live music is. It touches my soul in a way no other thing can! And yes, the “nothing else matters” feeling,…it carried me through entertaining and house cleaning this weekend. The reminder that Jesus isn’t asking for polished light fixtures….he’s giving so, so much more! Xoxo

  3. Your words…”My persistent worry that I’m not doing enough for them…

    My anxiety over getting everything just right…

    It doesn’t matter.” His Word absolutely reassures us as we navigate the waters of life. We strive for perfection. He strives to love, simply, love. When we pause and worship we feel this…Him. So glad you got to do that with your daughters…when our boys get a bit older I hope to take them to a concert like that! God speaks through so many avenues. Music is magical sometimes that way…a gateway to Our Father! :)
    Jenn recently posted..God’s Love and OursMy Profile

  4. Hi Sister God-Sized Dreamer. I LOVED your post because it reminded me I’m not alone in my worry about my boys — their math, and everything else. Sometimes we get so boggled, but the Lord has their hearts, and He’s strong enough to help us keep the main thing the main thing. Big family blessings to each one of you!
    Cheryl Ricker recently posted..And The Lord Says…My Profile

  5. What a fun memory to share with your girls…and what an awesome experience. (I have to admit I’m a little jealous here…I LOVE Casting Crowns!) And thank you for the reminder, too, that the here He has for me is beautiful and good…and that my life should reflect worship to Him for that. (Even if it involves potty training, which it does, which does not exactly bring out the best in this mama!)

    My friend, thank you for the constant encouragement you are to me…have I mentioned that I am so looking forward to meeting you and giving you an (in)RL hug? Blessings on your day. :)
    Mel recently posted..My God-Sized Dream: For GoodMy Profile

  6. Mandy – loved loved this. I didn’t even realize until this morning that Holley’s post for the week was on prayer. I had decided independently to do the Seven Sacred Pauses for seven days and this was the week. Boy, truer words were never spoken: His Presence Changes Everything. Never has that felt more true than during this week of prayer seven times a day. Thank you for sharing, and I’m so glad you got a night out to be filled.
    Gindi recently posted..Seven Sacred Pauses: The Awakening HourMy Profile

  7. Mandy — NO WAY you saw Casting Crowns perform an acoustic concert! Oh my gosh, I’d have keeled over from PURE JOY! LOVE them, and so glad you and the girls had such a treat. I know you’ll glow from this for weeks to come.
    Susan Stilwell recently posted..Pondering Psalm 23My Profile

  8. Music often helps me focus on truth. I’m so glad you got to experience this!

  9. I love Casting Crowns. I love the reminder you gave us. All He has for us is perfect and all we have to do is obey and worship Him. I love your heart that you always so honestly share with us all.
    Amy P Boyd recently posted..Just Obey {God-Sized Dream}My Profile

  10. Thank you so much for sharing. I am so glad you were able to treat yourselves to such an evening. How God’s singers bless me and to have you share your story is a double blessing. May you and your family be blessed.
    Maggie recently posted..Be Still and KNOW. . .My Profile

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